Forthcoming Services at St.Matthew's

 Date  

 Service  

 Time

Sun 29th June Common Worship Communion * 11.00am
Sun 6th July All Age Communion * 11.00am
Sun 13th July Common Worship Communion * 11.00am
Sun 20th July Morning Worship * 11.00am
Sun 27th July Common Worship Communion * 11.00am
Sun 3rd August Baptism * 11.00am

* Children's Church is always available at the 11.00am service.

Events coming soon

Dear Friends

As we enter 2014 I'm aware that we will soon be inundated by commemorations of the beginning of the 1st World War, supposedly the War to end all wars and of course it has proved to be anything but. How do we commemorate such events? Bringing in their wake, as they do such mixed feelings. We want to remember and honour the memory of those who have given their lives in service of their country. To grieve the youth and potential snuffed out by killing on an industrial scale. We want to remember those who returned but were never able to find life as it was before the War. We want to remember all those who were affected by the events of that time but we don't want to glorify war and repeat the lie in the words quoted by Wilfred Owen: Dulce et Decorum est Pro patria mori (It is sweet and honourable to die for your country).

The Jewish concept of 'Remembering' has to do with appropriating the memory of the past in order to reshape the future. So, we seek to remember what has been so that we can learn from it and change the way we approach the future. In harmony with the thought that: Those who refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. The past is part of our present and unless it is remembered and consciously considered and dealt with it will continue to dictate our future. If we find a way to embrace our pasts, holding even painful memories gently and respectfully, we can be part of the mystery of redemption. Beauty emerging from even the most scared and damaged raw materials.

That process of emerging and re-sculpting is for me the essence of redemption. What is raw and damaged revealing what is beautiful and precious even in its midst. So courage is revealed by fear. Humanity and kindness is revealed even in the midst of brutalising cruelty and prejudice. What is revealed never justifies the viciousness and barbarity that is the furnace within which it is forged. But that it emerges even in the face of such overwhelming odds is the treasure in the snow. The unexpected gift. The king in the manger. The crucified God.

Lisa Shemilt, Rector